LCU Subic Dive Site in Subic Bay - Philippines
Part of a lot of the tour packages in Zambales will include scuba diving, and one site that many visitors are falling in love with is the LCU Subic dive site. Although not yet as popular as the USS New York or the El Capitan, it holds treasures all its own.
The term LCU stands for Landing Craft Utility and was used for transporting soldiers and various types of equipment. Basically it was boarded into a cargo ship and then released into the sea carrying its load of men and equipment. The destination was usually the beach where the men would launch their attack on the various fortifications that the Japanese built along the shorelines.
However this term was not yet it use during the 1940s; rather the vessel that is at the LCU Subic dive site is more properly called an LCT (Landing Craft Tank), although its function and that of the LCU (which appeared after World War II) were the same.
The exact date when this vessel was sunk it not known, but in all likelihood it was during the latter stages of the war. The ruins of the vessel are still visible, and the entire area is now full of some of the most beautiful and assorted types of corals. There are also jacks, lionfish, sweetlips, angelfish and many other kinds of marine animals, including some crabs and lobsters that can be seen in the vicinity.
The LCU Subic dive site can be found at the Triboa Bay near some of the other wreck sites at the bay. It is also located near the end of the runway off the airport. The depth varies from 10 to 20 meters (30 to 70 ft) with visibility good up to 60 ft.
If you are going to take up scuba diving training do not be surprised if you end up here, because it is often utilized by these centers, meaning it is suitable for beginners. As for the cost, the basics will rarely go beyond $120. Usually this will be all you will need for recreational diving, but for a higher fee you can learn other techniques.
Part of what makes staying at Subic so enjoyable is that you will get to see beautiful scenery on its grounds and beneath the waters. At the LCU Subic dive site, you will get a chance to go over some of the best.